A dynamic exploration of advancing multicultural competence

Offering a fresh theoretical perspective and packed with powerful strategies, New Horizons in Multicultural Counseling clarifies the complexity of culture in our increasingly globalized society. Counselors will find practice-based strategies to help them progress in their clinical practice and gain cultural competence.

Key Features and Benefits

Presents a social constructionism perspective – a progressive perspective that has emerged within a postmodern paradigm; Addresses difficult contemporary human problems with sophisticated and robust conceptual tools, providing readers with a new language to discuss complex counseling and communication problems across cultures; Offers innovative ideas and solutions to address common culturally challenges such as racism, personal suffering and stuck situations; Inspires creativity and undermines judgment, blame, and shame by reconceptualizing theories of culture, giving readers a better handle on the complexity of lived experience

Intended Audience

A core text for Multicultural Counseling, this book is also an ideal supplement to more general upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling, and social work. Practitioners will also find the unique perspective and practice-based tools invaluable.

Gender and Identity

Gender and identity

Gender discourse is one of the most powerful shaping influences on people's lives. Multicultural counselors generally acknowledge that gender is key to the cultural context of living (Brooks & Good, 2001; McGoldrick, 1998). This recognition has largely arisen from the efforts of feminist therapists who argued that female clients' experiences should be considered in the context of a pervasive sociocultural patriarchal system (e.g., Avis, 1987; Hare-Mustin, 1987; Lerner, 1987). From our perspective, gender narratives provide us with many of the most important identity templates that we live by. Together with race, ethnicity, and class, gender is institutionalized through the organization of complex cultural and social locations that shape every person's life from birth. They impact men's and women's thought patterns, ...

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